E'cco Bistro

4.4
176 reviews
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Modern Australian
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Nationally acclaimed and award winning e'cco Bistro was founded by one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, Philip Johnson, in Brisbane in 1995. For the past 23 years, Philip and his team at his landmark bistro have taken a sure yet simple approach by serving unpretentious food to the delight of all diners alike, this has cemented e'cco's reputation in the culinary landscape.
Having relocated from it's original location in Brisbane CBD to the fast growing inner-city residential mecca, Newstead, e'cco has been positioned to prosper for the next 23 years and beyond.
As Philip says “We do as little as possible with the best ingredients available.
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KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our dining experience at Ecco however we were a little disappointed with the service a few times i.e we ordered a 2nd serve of bread and it took too long to arrive (even after we had asked two wait staff to check on the bread. Staff weren't diligent in topping up our water - we waited too long for water on arrival. The steak dishes were lacking an accompanying sauce/jus. Straw potatoes didn't appeal.
Very pleased with our table location given we were celebrating 2 birthdays and we wouldn't have enjoyed the overcrowded main dining area. Exciting menu - we will happily revisit.

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PG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

A great experience. While preferred the ambience of the previous location closer to Brisbane, this new location is far more accessible. Serving was rather slow and perhaps reflects the relatively small kithcn the chefs work in. That said, well priced and great quality food. Spare ribs melted in the mouth.

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CK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. Definitely recommend.

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CB
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely loved it! The food was delicious and the service superb!

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PM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Its an interesting venue, not really classic sophistication more urban chic. Nice menu with variery and multiple price points. Great wine selection, good service. Just a very high price point on the a la carte. Hopefully good for the tradional executive lunch break. Not for romance.

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TM
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another delicious meal. I was with a party of 5 and we were all so excited about the Bug risotto being back on the menu we ALL had it. Generous amount of superb bug and delicate favour of fennel - perfectallly balanced
Kingfish entree superb
I had the goats check pastie which was lovely, Pastry so light and lamb and goats cheese delicious
Hard to beat the kingfish though
Service wonderful

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the food

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EH
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great to see Phillip Johnson back in the kitchen- definitely gave the food a needed lift. Would recommend.

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BD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Fast becoming our favourite restaurant.

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I have been a long time customer and a big fan of Ecco, however right now I think MOR is an apt description of where this restaurant sits in the market.
It needs to go back to its roots, which was about inventiveness & excellence.

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ST
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the chefs menu and it was fabulous. Generous serves and each course was great ... Maybe the gnocchi was a winner only by a smidge

Thank you

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PC
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Sooooo disappointed. How did this restaurant get all those stars????? The experience was frustrating, irritating and so no what I expected.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely night and first time in new location. Very interesting to have a birds eye view of the kitchen. Food was excellent as always.

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JE
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Menu options were fantastic. Entrees were appropriately portioned and delivered in good time. Main course options were really appealing, with most of the party opting for the steak options. Perfectly cooked and importantly, served with an ideal wait time from the completion of the entree. This really showed an attention to detail that many venues lack when dining. Wine was great, and the ambience was ideal for what was a business dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch and I always love it!

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K
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an excellent lunch special at a very reasonable price. The food was delicious and the butter to die for. Nice atmosphere when outside was baking.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. Fantastic service from Lachie.

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JD
10 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had well positioned table in a quiet corner. We went for single glass wines - a wide selection was available. Wine quality was high standard. We also had some great share plates, including a very well cooked, good tasting porterhouse steak.
All in all, a very good fine dining experience

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SV
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Impressive menu, stunning food, great wine list, excellent service, a very satisfying dining experience.

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S
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall I had a lovely night. Food was fabulous and so was the service.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Great food except for Snapper main course.Crispy skin was soggy and fish fillet dry and over cooked which is disappointing considering it’s not a difficult dish

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OC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

This is the first time we have dined at Ecco Bistro since the move from their city location. While the restaurant space is pleasant enough, there is not a shed of remnants from the previous location with the more casual 'vibe' fully embraced. Went for lunch and had the 2 course January special for $39 which is very good value - the food as good as I remember it. Service was Ok but only had two wait staff on which given the number of patrons was not enough. Will we go back, quite possibly, but we believe Ecco has lost the magic allure it used to have in its old location and now it mixes with a general population of restaurants catering to the masses.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great not to be rushed in and out, to be able to settle in and chat while enjoying wonderful food.

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HH
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We visited for a friends birthday lunch. The food and service was outstanding. Highly recommend!

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EL
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Really good food. Gert is a very talented Chef. The lunch special is great value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Disappointing experience - atmosphere between staff was tense, food was presented more like home cooking - kingfish crudo was flavourless and the presentation of the beef short rib was poor with a clumsy corn relish that had sat too long on the pass on top :(
Sides were slap dash in presentation - overall not keen to return.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

We were celebrating our 53rd anniversary with a voucher given to us.we enjoyed the luncheon menu.We had the squid the flavours were superb although a tad chewy.The snapper and spuds were delicious. All in all a lovely experience .Thank you.

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O
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service, meal sizes small, we went for the chef tasting plate with matching wines for each meal.

Every glass was under poured, and we had to ask to fill our glasses up to at least get to the line on the wine glass ....Also 2 of the wines where unavailable that where listed on the chef tasting menu. I feel the drinks are as big apart as the food and under performing on this is a BIG FAT ZERO.

Meals were too small, I have never left a chef tasting menu or degustation with out rolling out of the restaurant after or with a slight Buzz on from the matching wine.

We all left sober and wanting more. For a hatted restaurant I didn't experience the elegance, skill or generosity of what you expect from a restaurant with such a great name. I hope with the move to the new premises they haven't forgotten to bring with them the old Ecco that made them who they are or should I say were.

I am finding it hard right now to have a reason to book again.

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M
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food! Perfekt restaurang for
New Years Ewe with friends!

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VB
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

We have been to Ecco in their old premises about 10 years ago and it was superb. Coming back was a bit of a let down. Lots of kids under 5 in the restaurant that really changes the atmosphere. The food was excellent though our first course was missing an ingredient in my husband's dish, cooked marinated grapes. We mentioned it to me the waitress and she said she would either remake or bring the grapes. Then she turned up with a bowl of cold grapes straight from the fridge. I would have expected better than that. There was a huge wait between 2 of our courses, and although the courses were with matched wines these would turn up up to 5 minutes after the meal. Also the wait staff for a high end restaurant were dressed in shorts and sneakers, low rise jeans, casual shirt. Again not what was expected. They also had set sitting by times which on this occasion meant everyone out by around 9pm, there was not later session. This does nothing for the atmosphere. I'm not sure if the new Ecco is meant to be fine dining anymore, but for us it was quite a disappointment.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was incredible. Service was a little slow however the restaurant was very busy.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always have great food and service at E’cco bistro. Second visit to the new restaurant and still enjoy the whole experience. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Quail was over salted, as was the sweet corn purée it sat on. Flank steak was chewy and related dish too salty. Pork and duck dishes were good. Barramundi dish - whilst fish well cooked, it was over complicated with too much going on. Service was slow - I noticed two bar ladies chatting away and not paying much attention to diners. Phillip Johnson has such a great and deserved reputation but his cooks and staff really let him down this night

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KA
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was very good....
wine was great
Waitress was excellent

however Desserts were poor
Just a bit tasteless
After all that good food, the finale was a disappointment

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I’m sorry but Ecco didn’t live up to expectations. Something appeared very off with the staffing (Ie lack of) and service was not attentive. After waiting more than 15 min to receive a menu it was disappointing so see that friends of the owners were served immediately. The food was ok but not brilliant. With so many new restaurant choices in Brisbane that have amazing food, atmosphere and exceptional service it will be interesting to see if Ecco can lift its game.

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

It is okay. Underwhelmed especially because this restaurant is considered best of the best in Brisbane. I guess, that was the reason-- in Brisbane clause isn't yet New York, Shanghai, Singapore or even Melbourne/Sydney standards.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Waited 1/2 hour to be seated. Online booking did not make it clear that we had not booked a table (even though it said table booking) but had a seat at a bar looking at the chef. As it was a special occasion we were very disappointed. They later moved us to a table after we had entres.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 1

Hi, I fortunately we were seated at the bar looking at a pole despite adding a note to the booking that we wanted a table.
This definitely played a part in making this a negative dining experience.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant, great food, never misses a beat, staff are very attentive, beautiful decor

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another beautiful meal, with several stunning flavours among our dishes. Their attention to taste and customer experience is what makes e'cco an experience to enjoy.

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